The Yellow Birds is a war novel by Kevin Powers. Powers is a Richmond native who attended James River High School. Enlisting in the army at age seventeen, he later served a year in Iraq as a machine gunner. He was stationed in Mosul and Tal Afar in 2004 and 2005. After his honorable discharge he came home and studied at Virginia Commonwealth University. He then went off to the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener fellow in poetry. He’s won a bunch of awards and now works in New York.
He published his first novel in 2012. The Yellow Birds is a study in contradiction. It tells of the dreariness and horror of an urban war, but the narrative is poetic and beautiful. It is the story of young Private Bartle and his younger buddy Private Murphy. They just want to survive. When they’re on watch, they are desperate to stay awake. They’re soldiers; they talk like solders; they curse like soldiers.
Kevin Powers is coming to Reynolds on Thursday, November 6, to read from The Yellow Birds and his new book of poetry, Letters Composed During a Lull in the Fighting (A few winners of the drawing will receive the poetry instead of the novel). After the reading, he will answer questions from the audience and stay to sign copies of his books. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Lipman Auditorium. All are welcome; please come.
This program is an Around the World through Books event, sponsored by the Multicultural Enrichment Council.
All three Reynolds campus libraries have copies of The Yellow Birds to lend for two weeks; Parham Campus Library has it as an audiobook.
Denise Woetzel, Reference/Information Literacy Librarian at Reynolds Community College and Helen McKann, Librarian at John Tyler Community College attended the joint VCCS World Languages Peer Group / FLAVA (Foreign Language Association of Virginia) Conference in Williamsburg on September 26 to promote the VCCS Libraries many world language resources. Over 700 foreign language instructors from across the state of Virginia including over 70 VCCS foreign language instructors attended the conference.
Instructors throughout the state dropped by the VCCS Libraries table to learn more about the variety of resources available that support each college’s foreign language curriculum including:
Print, eBooks, and audiobooks on how to learn a specific language
Films on Demand’s streaming video World Languages collection
Spanish and French databases available through EBSCOhost
Accessing international journal, magazine, and newspaper articles written in a specific language (e.g., Spanish, French) using the EBSCOhost and Factiva databases.
The library staff would like to invite you to join us for our 2nd Annual Reynolds Library Open House!
Come and learn about exciting library resources, take a tour of the library with our iPad Scavenger Hunt, create colorful crafts like loom bracelets and tissue paper flowers, get a bite to eat, and many more fun activities.
Hong Wu, Library Director, and Denise Woetzel, Reference/Information Literacy Librarian, had the privilege to attend the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference this year in Las Vegas. It was a great conference and we would like to share with you some of the highlights and our top picks from the conference:
It was a full house when ALA President, Barbara Stripling, interviewed both Lois Lowry, author of the popular children’s book The Giver (both PRC & Goochland own a copy of this Newbery Medal award winning book) as well as Jeff Bridges, who plays The Giver in the movie version of the book coming out in August. Check out ALA’s YouTube video of Lois Lowry.
Students, faculty, staff— join us for the USA vs. Germany game on Thursday, June 26 at 12:00.
Both the Downtown and Parham Road campus libraries will be streaming the match as USA and Germany face off in the final game of Group E.
Games will be shown in the libraries’ instruction room (Downtown 212, Parham 103J.)
Both teams are predicted to move to the next round. USA will move on with either a win or a draw, and CAN move ahead with a loss to Germany if Group E’s Ghana and Portugal also draw. (Quick translation: draw=tie.)
Germany is currently ranked #2 in world by FIFA and have won the World Cup three times.